Section Contact: Avery Goodman, ICE Chair
A List Lodge: Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge 70
The pre-Ordeal ceremony, the Brotherhood Ceremony, and the pre-Vigil ceremony will be evaluated by trained, expert evaluators for the purpose of inspiration, validation, feedback, and scoring for the ICE Award and the Section Honor Lodge Award. Emphasis will be on helping ceremonialists learn and grow by receiving actionable feedback by experienced adult Arrowmen who are well-versed in the ceremony texts and the skills of ceremony delivery.
– Pre-Ordeal Ceremony The pre-Ordeal ceremony will begin with the ceremonialists outside the circle, as shown on page 3 of Ceremony for the Ordeal and conclude with the principals returning to the firelay, per Diagram 12 on page 10. Elangomats and candidates are not required for the pre-Ordeal ceremony evaluation, but they can be helpful for ceremonialists and evaluators alike. A firelay and a representation for the 15 blazes will be provided. Lodges should provide their own tokens. Each pre-Ordeal ceremony evaluation will be given a 45-minute time block.
– Brotherhood Ceremony The Brotherhood ceremony will begin with page 2 of Ceremony for the Brotherhood; lodges should plan to have a Nimat with the line memorized as well as several candidates. The evaluation will include the closing that ends on page 14. Each Brotherhood ceremony evaluation will be given a 60-minute time block.
– Pre-Vigil Ceremony The pre-Vigil ceremony will begin on page 3 of Ceremony for the Vigil Honor and end at the bottom of the first column of page 4. Each lodge does not need to provide a candidate. The pre-Vigil evaluations will take the same form as those done at NOAC: all ceremonialists will gather at one location at the same time, and each ceremonialist will take a turn conducting the pre-Vigil. After each ceremonialist finishes, there will be opportunity for each participating youth to give feedback, followed by the head evaluator. The time that this will take depends on the number of participants.
The following rules have been adapted from the Field Operations Guide, Appendix 3.
– Evaluators Each lodge must recommend an adult Arrowmen interested in becoming an evaluator to the Section E8 ICE committee for training. These individuals’ names must be submitted to the ICE committee by January 15, 2023 and attend the 2023 American Indian Seminar for training.
– Registration & Schedule for Conclave By April 1, 2023, all lodges must submit to the Section E8 ICE committee a commitment to which ceremonies evaluations they will participate in, along with the names of the participating ceremonialists. All efforts will be made to accommodate scheduling needs.
– Ceremony Team Recognition Following national policy set forth in the Field Operations Guide and NOAC 2022 guidelines and procedures, every ceremony team has the opportunity to be recognized as a Section Quality Team or a Section Honor Team. Every team that submits themselves for evaluation has the opportunity to meet an explicit national standards for achievement. There will be no individual ceremonialist awards nor will there be a ranking of teams. Emphasis in evaluations will be placed on recognizing individual achievement against the national standard as well as ample time for discussion and feedback with expert evaluators. Standards are detailed below in the evaluation rubrics and guide.
– Service Lodge Responsibilities The Section E8 ICE committee will work in coordination with the Cardinal Conclave planning committee and the service lodge. Responsibilities of the service lodge include:
– Evaluation Rubrics & Guide Section E8 will be using the same evaluation forms as were used at NOAC 2022. There is a distinct rubric for each ceremony, as follows.